Firefighters are reaching out to the public to purchase a $20 T-shirt to raise funds in support of the AFFI Warrior Project.
Nine members of the Metro East Professional Firefighters organization who are participating include: Alton, Belleville, Collinsville, East Alton, Edwardsville, Godfrey, Granite City, Maryville and Wood River. Firefighters will wear a specially designed shirt with the words “Associated Firefighters of Illinois Support Our Troops” or “Honor the men and women who protect your family’s freedom.”
The purpose of the fundraiser is to help the AFFI Warrior Program, a nonprofit organization that purchases and modifies vehicles for disabled veterans. Each modified vehicle can cost upward of $50,000 to make it operable for a veteran’s specific disability.
“We’ve taken part in this fundraiser for a few years now,” East Alton Fire Capt. Rodney Palmer said. “We wear the red T-shirts every Friday year-round to show our continued support. Anyone who is interested in participating in the fundraiser can come to any department and buy the shirt or they can order them online and the shirt would be sent directly to the buyer at home. This is such a great program and it’s an honor for us to participate in it.”
To order a shirt online, visit www.metroeastprofessionalfirefighters.com or go to any participating local fire department to purchase a shirt in person The fundraiser continues until Aug. 22.
Alton Fire Department is at 333 E. 20th St., Alton. Godfrey Fire department is at 6011 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. East Alton Fire Department can be found at 209 N. Shamrock in East Alton and Wood River Fire Department is located at 501 E. Edwardsville Road in Wood River.